The Wheeling Jesuit Cardinals indoor track team traveled to Bloomington Indiana last Friday, and came away with some impressive performances. Sprinters Daniel Greaves and Kayla Johnson led the team. Greaves took 3rd in the 400m with a sub 50 second clocking of 49.94. This was .12 seconds behind the winning time of 49.82 set by Brian Webb of Louisville. Greaves also posted a 22.99 in the 200m. Johnson would also claim a 3rd place by posting a quick 58.12 400m, and she came back and placed 8th in the 200m with a time of 26.09. For other elite performers from the Indiana Open, click on the results link.
Results are posted for the University of Akron High School Invitation #1. Please look over the results and let me know of any West Virginia Runners and the high school they attend that competed. Senior Brandon Miles of Grafton posted an elite 3200m time of 10:10.04. Cari Shaffer a freshman from Morgantown ran a 1:02.55 400m and a 28.14 200m. Chelsea Knots a sophomore from Ripley ran a 2:24.54 800m. Sam Crosby a Senior at Riverside long jumped 20-07.5. I will be posting outdoor elite performance standards soon.
Thank God for Dan Ward and his crew for stepping up to the plate and hosting the Virginia Tech High School Invitational this weekend as the performances showed that the future of this meet would be in the best interest of the state of Virginia and the U.S. high school track and field world to remain in existence. The biggest news out of the meet was Bethel senior Francena McCorory setting a new national record in the 300 meter dash as she clocked an all out effort performance of 36.59 in the event. The meet also included nine US #1 performances at the Rector Fieldhouse 200 meter banked indoor track including five Virginians in McCorory\'s 300, Catherine White of Northside in the 3200 meter run (10:39.66), Charles Clark of Bayside in the 300 meter dash (34.25), and Ashley Gatling of Deep Creek in the high jump (5\'9\"). Many other national elite and state leaderboard performances were performed by Virginians as well as athletes from Maryland and North Carolina. MileStat.com was on-site with coverage and will be providing an amazing amount of photo and video coverage never seen before on this site or most any other site. Check back frequently for added Virginia Tech Invitational coverage throughout the next few days.
Please note that quite a few teams entered more than one athlete illegally (did not meet standard for 2 athletes). These excess entries were scratched and due to the number of teams, the teams were not notified, so they should check the performance list carefully. Also there is a limit of 3 events including relays for each individual. Performance list is not final - still working out a few kinks.
There have been numerous questions concerning travel expense reimbursement to National level high school meets for athletes, coaches and parents. Please refer to the NCAA policy concerning this. In short, providing travel expenses to parents and/or coaches is not permitted unless all parents and coaches of all athletes in a meet are reimbursed. (This does not apply to the athletes themselves, as reimbursing legitimate travel expenses is perfectly acceptable). Open the link connected to the title to read more.
The Virginia Tech invitational will be held at Rector Field House on January 27-28, 2006. There have been some changes in format. The meet will be a fully sanctioned NFHS event for the District of Columbia and the states of Virginia, North Carolina, West Virginia, Maryland, Tennessee, and Kentucky. No club or unattached athletes may be entered. In order to comply with directives from the Montgomery County Fire Marshall, the number of entries will be limited. There will be about ninety schools accepted plus some selected individuals athletes from sanctioned schools to insure the competitive integrity of the meet. Each athlete will be limited to three total events (including relays). Each school may enter one athlete and relay team per event. Entries will total around 1800 athletes. Virginia Tech will release entry procedures later this week when they fulfill their Gator Bowl obligations. Virginia Tech will serve as site host and King